March 28th, 2008



Who's the bane of YOUR existence? Surely there's someone who pisses you off in such a huge way that it merits flogging, at least. 'Round here, we call that person a RAT BASTARD. Who is the person you most want to rip a new asshole for whatever reason? Go ahead - now's your chance to put them on blast. Start commenting, and have fun gettin' your hate on - and out. IP logging is off and anonymous commenters WERE welcome, but I've had to disable it since I've gotten six tons of bullshit spam comments lately. Sorry about that.

Go on - vent your spleen...

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Opinion Piece On Truthdig: Is Wright Right About Racism?

Is Wright Right About Racism?
By David Sirota
Since the 1960s, bigotry has undergone an aesthetic makeover. Today, the most pernicious racists do not wear pointy hoods, scream epithets and anonymously burn crosses from behind masks. They don starched suits, recite sententious bromides and stage political lynchings before television cameras. For proof, behold the mob stalking Barack Obama’s former pastor, Jeremiah Wright.

Wright has long delivered fiery (and occasionally outrageous) sermons, to little fanfare. Now, though, a gang of thugs is inflicting a guilt-by-association blow to Obama by excoriating his spiritual adviser for three specific declarations.

Sean Hannity, Fox News’ own George Wallace, turned a fire hose on Wright for his church’s focus. “[The church] is all about the black community,” Hannity thundered, claiming that means Wright supports “a black-separatist agenda.”

Pat Buchanan billy-clubbed Wright for saying, “God damn America.” The MSNBC commentator, who avoided the draft, implied that Wright, a former Marine, lacks sufficient loyalty to country. Out of context, Wright’s exclamation was admittedly offensive. But remember: It punctuated a speech about segregation. Buchanan, nonetheless, unleashed, deriding “black hustlers” and insisting descendants of those “brought from Africa in slave ships” owe whites a thank you. “Where is the gratitude?” he asked.

Fox’s Charles Krauthammer berated Wright for saying the 9/11 attacks were “chickens coming home to roost.” Krauthammer labeled the pronouncement “vitriolic divisiveness” despite our government acknowledging the concept of “blowback”—or retaliation—that Wright was referencing. The CIA knows that when it supports foreign dictatorships, there can be blowback from radicals. While blowback is often immoral and undeserved, its existence is undisputed. Yet, Krauthammer alleged that Wright takes “satisfaction in the deaths of 3,000 innocents.”

In promoting the Wright “controversy,” most media outlets joined this mob and embraced “colorblind racism,” says Duke University’s Eduardo Bonilla-Silva, author of “Racism Without Racists.”

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WHEEEE The Allergy Diet!

When my allergies are acting up and starting to really go on full throttle, I eat much less. Which is good, seeing as how we've decided to start working out downstairs again. Soon I'll be back on my bike and hitting the riverwalk and thusly downtown with all of its fun little haunts and photo opportunities. But mostly to start getting back into a healthier state.

When I'm unable to eat as much, I prefer to eat as healthily as possible - give or take the few exceptions. Yesterday I made fresh date bread with whole wheat flour, flax seed, and whole grain amaranth. It is very dense and chewy, and was sweetened only with honey and the natural sweetness of the dates. For lunch today I wanted something I would consider easy and comforting, as I've had a bad night with gastrointestinal issues. Whenever I have leftovers, I try to utilize them in my lunches so that there's less opportunity for waste. I went hunting in the fridge for something to build a meal on, and the first thing I found was a little less than a full cup of mushroom gravy from something I'd made before - probably Sewdish meatballs, I don't remember. I had half a package of whole wheat egg noodles, some chicken broth, and whole grain buckwheat - Kasha Varniskes it is!

For those who have little to no idea what I'm talking about, kasha varnishkes is something of a side dish in Jewish cooking. Usually you find it made with bow tie pasta (farfalle), but I prefer regular egg noodles. Something about the nice density of egg noodles just makes me happy. I love them in all kinds of things from soups to baked pastas, and they make really decadent mac & cheese if you like that sort of thing. Kasha are the kernels of the buckwheat plant, often referred to by the less-than-sexy name 'groats'. Which sounds kind of wrong. It packs a substantial health benefit, as well as being REALLY good tasting. I found a recipe for kasha varnishkes here, but I prefer to use the whole kasha as opposed to the milled version she has in the photo. I like the texture of the whole kasha when cooked, it is comparable to brown rice only with a deeper, earthier almost smoky flavor that I adore. It is also cooks up quite tender, unlike the rather chewier brown rice grains. I've also made pilafs with it.

For my version, I mixed the beaten egg and kasha in a dry skillet over medium high heat until the grains were dry and separate, then poured in 2 cups of hot chicken broth, about 2 tablespoons of butter alternative (I like "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" - the light version), some kosher salt, a few grindings of pepper, and covered the skillet. Cranked the heat down to low and left it alone for about 15-20 minutes while I cooked the egg noodles. Once everything was done, I mixed it all together and threw in the mushroom gravy. This time I didn't use an onion as I would have normally, I wanted to keep it simple. From there, I commenced to grubbing out.

SO good.
Cock on the brain


Suspect in interstate shootings arrested
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia (AP) -- Authorities arrested a suspect early Friday in a series of highway shootings after storming a farm and firing at a man who met them with a handgun, police said.

Slade Allen Woodson, 19, was charged in separate shootings at a home and a credit union early Thursday morning, police said.

He was not charged with the shootings along a rural stretch of Interstate 64, but authorities said more charges were possible.

"We've taken some mighty big steps toward resolution of this case," State Police Superintendent Steven Flaherty said at a news conference Friday. "Everyone can rest compared to the state we were in last night."

State and county police searched a farm in Albemarle County just before 5 a.m. Friday. Another man confronted them with a handgun, and was shot by a county law enforcement officer, police said. Woodson was taken into custody, and the man was taken to a hospital.

Elaine Paley, who lives on a hill overlooking the horse and cattle farm, said she was awakened at 4:40 a.m. by a helicopter flying with spotlights shining on the farm and surrounding woods.

Authorities were still investigating whether a second person was involved in the highway shootings, but had not yet identified anyone, they said. The Albemarle County police officer involved in the shooting is on administrative leave with pay, county Police Chief John Miller said.

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Damnit, I HATE IT when the sociopaths are really fucking hot.
I H8 Stupid People


Man Claims to Speak 'Australian' After Allegedly Being Raped by Wombat

SYDNEY — A New Zealand man has been sentenced to community service after telling police he was raped by a wombat and the experience had made him speak "Australian".

Arthur Ross Cradock, 48, from the South Island town of Motueka, called police on February 11 and told them he was being raped at his home by the wombat and he needed help, The Nelson Mail newspaper reported.

The orchard worker later called back and said: "Apart from speaking Australian now, I'm pretty all right, you know."

Cradock pleaded guilty in the local court to using a phone for a fictitious purpose. He was sentenced to 75 hours' community work.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Chris Stringer told the court alcohol played a large role in Cradock's life.
Words. I haz none.

Faggot Blood Is God's Blood!

South African gays in 'blood flood' protest
Gay activists in South Africa have vowed to "flood" the country's blood services with blood donated by gay men.
This follows an announcement by the South African National Blood Services that it would not accept donations from men who have sex with men.

The Gay and Lesbian Alliance says its members would lie when asked the question: "Have you had male-to-male sex in the past five years?"

The Alliance claims members have already donated 120 units of blood.

It aims to flood the blood services with 70,000 units.


Alliance spokesman Juan Uys describes the question as "humiliating, offensive and an insult to gay men". He says all blood should be treated equally.

He says the SANBS has already admitted that it uses state-of the art equipment that ensures rigorous screening of donated blood, and therefore they should accept the blood from men who sleep with other men and subject it to the tests.

Mr Uys said the question of risk of HIV infection was no reason to discriminate against gay men.

He says if people were discriminated against based on risk, then South African women between the ages of 18 and 24 should not be allowed to donate, as research shows that they are the group with the highest HIV infection rate in the country.

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Matt Barber, the man (double + FEH) at Concerned Cunts For America, is naturally freaking out. My good friend (the lovely Jeremy) at Good As You has more.

Layout Tweak

I added a new header to my layout, which was quite fun to make. Yes, that's me - and yes, I'm in my skivvies. Behind the cut are 3 more that fell short of what I wanted for the layout. By the way, those are my favorite boxer briefs. I call them my Dr. Seuss drawers. ;-)

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SO - now I want everyone to comment to this post with a picture of yourselves in
underwear. Boys, girls, it makes no difference. GO!